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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #46: Red-sided Keelback (X. trianguligera)
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2012, 9:07 pm 
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Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
This is a Red-sided Keelback (Xenochrophis trianguligera), a rather common natricine I finally managed to catch for the first time last Saturday night. I'd had fleeting glimpses of live ones before, and seen my fair share of DORs, but this one was crossing a road conveniently right in front of me (incidentally, less than 50 yards away from a freshly hit and DOR conspecific. How coincidental is that?). Its subdued, but classic beauty was worth the hassle of catching it - being highly aquatic, these things don't stay on hooks, are very fast and kind of slippery, and, like all watersnakes, very twitchy and bitey. The latter two traits, however, disappeared in this individual after a few days of R&R and yummy aquarium fish in Twoton's Snake Resort & Country Club. Eventually I could freehandle it all the time, and even let serpentourists (civilians who watch you photograph or handle snakes) have their picture taken with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #46: Red-sided Keelback (X. triangulig
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 11:06 am 
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Awesome Hans!

If you don't mind me asking, how'd you keep it at home (setup and food)? I'll be getting a trio of these soon in the US.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #46: Red-sided Keelback (X. triangulig
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 12:40 pm 
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WOW! Gorgeous snake Hans! (And the serpentourist on the right is not hard to look at either!)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #46: Red-sided Keelback (X. triangulig
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 1:10 pm 
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Damn, thats a beauty! And I thought Keelbacks were boring :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #46: Red-sided Keelback (X. triangulig
PostPosted: July 24th, 2012, 4:57 pm 
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Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Thanks, guys!

I kept the snake the same way I kept Xenochrophis piscator back in Taiwan: more water than land, meaning a big tank (tub w/lid, really) half full of water, and a large, upended Tupperware box as an island that also holds the hide. The food fish go in the water :-) DISCLAIMER: That's how X. piscator should be kept, as they're highly aquatic, but I'm not sure about X. trianguligera. But since I only had him for a week, I thought it wouldn't hurt.

And yes, the Korean rock climberess on the right is quite pretty. We meet her and her chopper pilot boyfriend (on the left) all the time on the crags around Kuching. I'll tell her you said hi :-)


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